Beginning with my Fast Chicken Soup Base it is easy to knock hours off of the cooking time usually needed for homemade chicken soup and still end up with soup that tastes even better than the 'from scratch' method. With a little creativity you can easily make two varieties of these soul-satisfying meals.



Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • Prepare Fast Chicken Soup Base. Bring to a simmer.

  • Add these, then simmer until tender, 10-20 minutes: 2 16-ounce cans white beans, drained; 1 cup small pasta, such as ditalini; 1 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes; 2 tsps. minced fresh rosemary.

  • Before removing from heat, stir in: 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley.

  • Final touch: Add salt and pepper, to taste. Serve soup with grated Parmesan cheese.


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Nutrition Facts

213.2 calories; 12.5 g protein; 37 g carbohydrates; 4.4 mg cholesterol; 303 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
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Rating: 4 stars
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Rating: 5 stars
if you want added spicyness use a can of diced tomatoes with green chillies. the white beans & broth compliment this nicely i used italian spices and a pince of turmeric & garam masala insttead of rosemary. I also used tortelini instead of small pasta. delicious! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Very good I use the small soup pastas all the time anyway my family prefers them over noodles. The whit ebeans giv eit more protein too! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This was surprisingly delicious and very authentic tasting. I just changed a couple of things. I started with chicken broth in a box used 'Italian' tomatoes with garlic basil and onions and tossed in a can of chunk chicken white meat. Also added some garlic. A great emergency meal from the cupboard. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This is a great recipe. I did not use the Fast Chicken Stock recipe -- used Better Than Boullion brand chicken base cooked two skinless chicken breasts in the pressure cooker with the tomatoes and herbs (used fresh rosemary and dried thyme) and added two cloves of fresh garlic. Added the white beans pasta and a little salt/pepper when the chicken was cooked. It was really good -- especially on a chilly night! I made this a second time today and doubled the recipe. This time did not put chicken in it. It was declicious. Again used fresh garlic sauteed in olive oil. This time added some white wine and a little bit of oregano as well. Wonderful! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
I used orzo pasta in my homemade chicken broth and instead of using canned tomatoes I diced some plum tomatoes from the garden. This is very simple and very good. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
It was pretty fabulous. I switched out chicken broth for the soup base used a different kind of pasta. But other than that followed the recipe and use the ton of Parmesan on top & it was out of this world! Read More